line/līn/, noun, the movement track of a dot
(Odyssey of the Mind, 2010)
|Space Shuttle launch, 2009|
|Rocket launch, 2011|
Continuing from the definition above, they note "the movement track of a dot, is a movement track that can be visualized, and can represent the spirit of the person or object that initiates that line". Now that I am thinking about it, of course. The lines we make with a paint brush, or the line of poetry we write, or even the lines of our home where we express ourselves, these are all lines that represent our spirit. The spirit can also be expressed in a our signature, I am thinking, perhaps because I have signed so many papers lately. Graphologists say they can read a person from their handwriting. Interesting.
|Shuttle contrail signature|
|Rocket contrail signature|
Because of where I've been living, I have had the good fortune to watch some amazing things over the last 7 years. Every Space Shuttle and rocket launch has been a glorious and daunting sight! Several things I particularly enjoyed, beyond the amazing "movement track of the dot" were the magnificent rumble you could feel several minutes after the launch when the sound had traveled to us. The other thing, was the signature left behind by the contrail as it started to dissipate. The spirit of the Space Shuttle?
|Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtle signature|
photo © Ann Zscheile
|Newly-hatched Loggerhead signature|
photo © Ann Zscheile
Another awesome thing has been the opportunity to witness the life cycle of sea turtles, as this is the nesting destination of three species of these amazing creatures. If you don't have the good fortune to encounter one (or many) of them, they often have left their "signature" on the beach overnight, very distinct lines created by these massive creatures hauling out to nest or delicate, lacy lines made by the newborns making their way to sea. The spirit of the sea turtle?
It's challenging to me to decide which direction to go with our line challenge. I have so many distinctly different ideas about the subject and any one of them creates so many new questions when I start to ponder their meaning. A very profound, thought provoking challenge. I look forward to everyone's interpretation!